Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Reading Envy 065: Creeping through the Uncanny Valley

Bryan Alexander drops by the Reading Envy pub to chat horror novels and short stories. Bryan has been exploring the question of the best 21st century horror novel for about a year, and Jenny wanted to hear about what he has discovered. Bryan also chats a bit about a near-future science fiction book club of sorts that he will be hosting on his blog. Jenny also manages to ask one of the authors we discuss some of the questions we had about his novel.

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Books discussed:

 

In Parenthesis by David Jones
The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud
Dark Entries by Robert Aickman
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The White People and Other Weird Stories by Arthur Machen
The Fireman by Joe Hill

Other discussions:
"What are the best horror novels of the 21st century" posted by Bryan in August 2015
"Near Future" Readalong on Bryan's blog
Bram Stoker Awards
Necronomicon (the con)
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
"The Feather Pillow" by Horacio Quiroga
Birdbox by Josh Malerman
Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem
Reanimated (film)
The Resurrected (film)
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam
Revolution in Higher Education by Richard A. DeMillo
New Media Consortium
Association of Professional Futurists
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Company Town by Madeleine Ashby
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Peripheral by William Gibson
This is Horror podcast
M.R. James
The Wicker Man (film)
The Ink Readers of Doi Saket by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Daniel Mills
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Yann Martel
Jonathan Safran Foer
Algernon Blackwood
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Dragon Age videogames
Kate Mulgrew
Locke & Key by Joe Hill
The Stand by Stephen King
Salem's Lot by Stephen King
On Writing by Stephen King
"Somebody's Trying to Kill Me and I Think It's My Husband: The Modern Gothic" by Joanna Russ
Anne Rice

Related episodes:
Episode 002 - Return of the Euthanized Book with guest Bryan Alexander
Episode 011 - People of the Book with guest Bryan Alexander
Episode 030 - Bring Back the Guillotine! with guests Bryan Alexander and Steen Hansen
Episode 041 - Grotesque Beauty with Nathan Ballingrud

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Library Books Mid-August 2016

This post is brought to you almost entirely by one reading rabbit hole and one prize long list.

Bound to Violence by Yambo Ouologuem
Xala by Sembene Ousmane
The Yambo Ouloguem Reader by Yambo Ouologuem
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Desertion by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Hystopia by David Means
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
Genii of the River Niger by Jean-Marie Gibbal
Kaidara by Amadou Hampate Ba
Ladivine by Marie NDiaye
(not pictured: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor)

I recently read Walking with Abel by Anna Badhken, which tells the story of one group of Fulani cowboys in their annual nomadic journeys in Mali. She had done a lot of research and I ended up adding a lot to my reading list, some of which I brought home. Although I haven't read any of it, that is why I have the two Ouologuem titles, the Gibbal, and the Ba.

The Man Booker long list was announced in July, and I checked out what my public library had available - the Means, the Moshfegh, and the Reeves.

I checked out the NDiaye and Gurnah for some Goodreads readalongs, the Ousmane for my Africa2016 project (although I'd previously read a book set in Senegal), the Darnielle because I started seeing his upcoming book in Litsy and realized I never read the last one, and the Okorafor after seeing her read from its sequel.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Reading Envy 064: Reading Down the Rabbit Hole

Jenny talks books with anyone who will listen, and finds a new reading friend in the library where she works. Tracy, who appeared at the tail end of episode 063, is back for a full episode. We discuss books that tie into movies, real life experiences, and more. (Caution: this episode may make you hungry!)

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Books discussed:



The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Baker
Julia Child: A Life by Julie Shapiro
The First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy by Pauline Chiziane; translated by David Brookshaw

Other mentions:

Walter Edgar - SC writers
Dorothea Benton Frank
Mary Alice Monroe
Fran Rizer
Carolyn Hart
The Big Year (film)
John Adams by David McCullough
1776 by David McCullough
Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen series
Diane Mott Davidson
The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston
JennyBakes raspberry pie
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper
As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto by Joan Reardon
My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prudhomme
Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
Julie & Julia (film)
The Last Queen of England by Steve Robinson
My Husband's Sweethearts by Bridget Asher
#scifijuly
Apex by Ramez Naam
The Big Book of Science Fiction ed. by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
BookBub


Related Episodes:

Reading Envy 005: The Second Definition of Geek (mention of Penguin Lives)
Reading Envy 048: Reading Goals 2016
Reading Envy 063: Desolation Road (Tracy makes another brief appearance)


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Monday, August 1, 2016

New Books In, July 2016

The Folly by Ivan Vladislavic
Absolute Solitude: Selected Poems by Dulce Maria Loynaz
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
In Praise of Defeat: Poems by Abdellatif Laabi
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
The Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah
The Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov
The Geometry of Love by Jessica Levine
The Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer
The Girls by Emma Cline
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook edited by Sean Williams
The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook Volume II edited by Sean Williams
The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini

July was a great month for books! It was my birthday month, and many of these are birthday gifts - the McLain, Winspear, Beah, Elizarov, Williams (x2), and Mangini. Many of those were from my wishlist so that's always awesome, and the Beah and McLain will be good books for my Africa 2016 reading project.

Two of the books were purchased because I knew I'd see the authors and wanted to get them signed: the VanderMeer(s) and Heuvelt.  I always buy the VanderMeer anthologies and have a big shelf of them, but this time I've actually started reading some of the stories.


The Cline was July's Book of the Month pick, the Levine was a Goodreads giveaway, and the trio of Vladislavic, Loynaz, and Laabi were a generous gift from Archipelago Press. Two of them will be great for my Africa 2016 reading project!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Books I Read in July 2016 (Books 170-196)



(pictured: 5-star reviews for July 2016)

170. Sixty Degrees North: Around the World in Search of Home by Malachy Tallack (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
171. Miss Jane by Brad Watson (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
172. Mystique. A Collection Of Lake Myths by Beatrice Bime (eBook from library; my review)
173. Wanderlust by Roni Loren (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
174. The Patron Saint of Ugly by Marie Manilla (library book; my review)
175. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller (Kindle eBook; my review)
176. História, História: Two Years in the Cape Verde Islands by Eleanor Stanford (Kindle eBook; my review)
177. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
178. Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting (library book; my review)
179. Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle (ARC from publisher; my review)
180. The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
181. Disinformation by Frances Leviston (interlibrary loan; my review)
182. Physical by Andrew McMillan (interlibrary loan; my review)
183. The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud (purchased book; my review)
184. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (audiobook review copy from publisher; my review)
185. The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Phillippe Blondel (gift from publisher; my review)
186. Unforgettable by Eric James Stone (gift from friend; my review)
187. Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah by Anna Badkhen (library book; my review)
188. Available Dark (Cass Neary, #2) by Elizabeth Hand (library book; my review)
189. Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2 by Gail Carriger (purchased book; my review)
190. Drowned Worlds edited by Jonathan Strahan (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
191. The Secret Lovers by Charles McCarry (interlibrary loan; my review)
192. A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualusa (library book; my review)
193. The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe by D. G. Compton (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
194. Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
195. The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (audiobook review copy from publisher; my review)
196. Apex (Nexus, #3) by Ramez Naam (interlibrary loan; my review)

Books read: 26
eBook:11
audiobook: 2
print: 13
non-fiction: 5
Africa2016: 5
poetry: 2
science fiction/fantasy: 7
review copies: 11
male/female: 13/12 (1 anthology with multiple genders)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Library Books Mid-July 2016

This post is going live a little later than mid-July. I spent just over a week in Oregon and mailed my books back to myself, and since they went media mail they just got home. I put my library books in there since I had finished them, along with the books I bought at (where else) Powells. The newly purchased books will be included in my monthly new books in post at the end of July.

Disinformation by Frances Leviston
Physical by Andrew McMillan
Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting
The Patron Saint of Ugly by Marie Manilla
Apex by Ramez Naam
Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand
Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue
The Tusk that did the Damage by Tania James
My Own Cape Cod by Gladys Taber
Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death by Jane Halifax
Kaiseki by Yoshihiro Murata

I heard about the Murata from an eGalley of Super Sushi Ramen Express, so of course I had to read more about this fascinating cuisine.

I wish I could remember where I heard about the Halifax. I requested it immediately from interlibrary loan and devoured it before my trip home. I discuss it further on Episode 063 of the Reading Envy Podcast: Desolation Road.

The Leviston, McMillan, and James are all on my stack because they were finalists for the Dylan Thomas Prize, and I had already read the other two nominees. I figured, why not?

The Whiting and Manilla were total impulse checkouts when I was looking for light reads for my trip, the Taber was recommended by a Litsy friend, and the Enrigue was the July pick for one of my Goodreads groups.

The Hand and Naam are books in series I have started and liked, and want to keep reading. The Naam will finish a trilogy, and I hope to dig into it this weekend if not sooner.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Reading Envy 063: Desolation Road

Jenny does another round of book speed dating to meet her 2016 reading goals, and decides to go with the #scifijuly theme. Then she shares books on grief, death and dying, a theme she has been following through literature lately. Jenny is visited in her office at the very end by a future guest!

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Part 1: Book Speed Dating Project #4 of 2016

Books discussed:


Nekropolis by Maureen F. McHugh
Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
The Bug by Ellen Ullman
The Colony by Jillian Weise
Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston
Desolation Road by Ian McDonald
The Peripheral by William Gibson
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

Other mentions:
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Reamde by Neal Stephenson
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Part 2: Books on Grief

Books discussed:

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times edited by Neil Astley
The Ark by Ed Madden
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death by Joan Halifax
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
The Holders and The Seers by Julianna Scott (I called her Julianna Holden on the recording)
The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Other mentions:
"How to Lift Him" TED Talk with Ed Madden
Book Riot: "How to Read when the World is Terrible"
"Late Fragment" by Raymond Carter

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